- An escape from the city to one of the most beautiful vallies in Cataluña - Vall de Núria
- A full day hike at the gorgeous Pyrenean countryside
- Visit the medievel Benedictine monastery of Ripoll - one of the most famous of its kind
- Traditional Catalan culture, history, and cuisine
Why not leave bustling Barcelona for a day outdoors? Barcelona is a short way away from the summits of the Catalan Pyrenees where you can enjoy amazing walking in the Pyrenees – trekking routes in mountain scenery, in valleys with forests and springs. This is a thoroughly satisfying excursion, and can be tailored to suit the ability of the participants.
Go to the Nuria valley – a beautiful valley situated among the high peaks of the Pyrenees, with a lovely lake in the center. The only way into this valley is by a special funicular (the rack railway) which climbs 1000m along 12km.
The route and the valley itself offer magnificent scenery of the mountain range, the streams and brooks. The Temple of the Virgin of Nuria, the Patron Saint of shepherds and a very important sanctuary, is in the upper part of the mountain. You will walk back from this valley along marked paths to the base village of Queralbs. After walking for three or four hours we will enjoy an outdoor picnic or a meal at a traditional Catalan restaurant.
Also visit a monastery. The medieval Benedictine monastery in Ripoll is one of the most famous of its kind in Cataluna. Originally built in 879, it is the resting place of the remains of many counts, bishops and monks. It’s most noted for two things: the impressive Romanesque entrance way (or portal) that is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe and the fact that Guifré el Pelos (Wilfred the Hairy) is buried here.
Walking in the Pyrenees can free your spirit and this specific day is just marvelous! It is suitable to all ages, tailored to the ability of the participant.